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The Energy of Nature$
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E. C. Pielou

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780226668062

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226668055.001.0001

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The Sun, the Wind, and the Sea

The Sun, the Wind, and the Sea

(p.47) 6 The Sun, the Wind, and the Sea
The Energy of Nature

E. C. Pielou

University of Chicago Press

When sunlight shines on the sea, some of it is reflected back into the sky, and the rest penetrates the surface to contribute its energy to the water; in a word, it is absorbed. This statement prompts two questions. What are the proportions reflected and absorbed? And what becomes of the absorbed energy? This chapter discusses the following: how sunlight penetrates the sea; movement in the sea; wind-driven currents and the Ekman spirals; hills and dales of the ocean's surface; density currents in the depths; and the global energy conveyor.

Keywords:   sunlight, ocean currents, Ekman spirals, ocean surface, density currents, global energy conveyor

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